Republicans in Congress and the White House believe that such changes will help improve wages and employment for U.S. Citizens. Caroline Rabbitt, spokeswoman for Senator Cotton, stated that “Cotton knows that being more deliberate about who we let into our country will raise working-class wages, which is why an overwhelming majority of Americans support it.”
Meanwhile, many others say that legal immigration does not undercut American jobs. Just last year, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a report stating that immigration has a marginal effect on the U.S. Citizen workforce, as it contributes to neither wage depression nor unemployment. Rather, the report finds, immigration helps to improve wage growth, and is a net positive on the American economy.
The bill to be introduced later this year will likely be a revision of the RAISE Act, which Senators Cotton and Perdue introduced in February.
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